Journalist Delonix Regia chances upon the cultured and irresistible Omar amidst the upheaval of the Reformasi movement in Kuala Lumpur. As the city roils around them, they ﬁnd solace in love, marriage, and then parenthood. But when their two-year-old daughter Alba is kidnapped, Del must confront the terrible secret of a city where babies are sold and girls trafficked. By turns heart-breaking and suspenseful, Once We Were There is a debut novel of profound insight. It is Bernice Chauly at her very best.
About the author: Bernice Chauly is the award-winning author of ﬁve books of poetry and prose. Born in George Town, Penang to Chinese-Punjabi parents, she read Education and English Literature in Canada as a a government scholar. She was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) in 2014, and currently lectures at the University of Malaysia Campus (UNMC). She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her two daughters.